Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Quintana Roo

We're back. The wedding was awesome. The honeymoon was awesome. We stayed at Hotel Catalonia Playa Maroma on Riviera Maya just north of Playa del Carmen in Quintana Roo, Mexico. I would like to share a couple tidbits from the trip:

Getting Mexican pesos was a waste of resources. Everywhere we went and everything we did accepted Visa, Mastercard, European euros and American dollars. I doubt that this state of affairs is true throughout Mexico, Quintana Roo is so touristy, I'm not surprised at their lenient currency expectations.

The food at the resort was wonderful. They provided an international buffet, a Mexican restaurant, an Italian restaurant, an American restaurant, a Spanish restaurant, a creperie, and two bars. Sarah and I were each stricken with "Montezuma's revenge" or "tourista syndrome", but the food was worth that price.

The food was not the only thing international at the resort. Each menu was available in Spanish, English, French, and Italian. I got the impressive impression that most of the staff was proficient in all four languages.

On the day that Montezuma's revenge struck me, we went to see the ruins at Tulum. We took the "Xtreme" tour, which included a swim in a cenote (supposedly the only cenote in all of Mexico that people are permitted to swim in), three zip-lines, one rappel down a tower, and a Mayan lunch. Besides Sarah and me, three other couples who got married in outdoor ceremonies on the tenth of July, a father-son team, and a mother-two-sons team travelled with our guide, Sergio. The other newlyweds were from California, Colorado, and Texas (we're from Indiana in case you didn't know), five of them are teachers, and the sixth a lawyer. The main reason I am even writing about my honeymoon on here is something one of the brides said. I don't know which bride was speaking since I was focused on keeping my insides inside, but one of them was complaining that some of the parents of her students don't speak English very well. She went on to complain that a lot of people in Mexico do not speak English well or at all.

In Mexico.

Where the national language is Spanish and the cultural history is indigenous American, Spanish, and French.

She was complaining that they don't speak English.